WHERE ARE THEY NOW? The players that NBA teams are kicking themselves for drafting before Draymond Green in 2012

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Draymond Green.
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The Golden State Warriors hold a certain underdog type of mentality.

No one embodies that more than Draymond Green, who has evolved from a second-round pick to a role player, starter, and now, a legitimate NBA superstar.

Green is not only valuable to the Warriors, but he holds his own as one of the best players in the entire league. Green was second in the NBA in triple-doubles this season, and he’s flummoxed teams with his ability to handle the ball, shoot three-pointers, and guard all five positions at 6-foot-6.

That he lasted until the 35th pick in the 2012 NBA draft has a number of teams kicking themselves. Here’s a look at some of the most notable players drafted before Green four years ago:


The 2012 draft looks like a good one for the most part. Anthony Davis was taken with the No. 1 pick by the then New Orleans Hornets.

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Today, Davis is an All-NBA forward for the New Orleans Pelicans.

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There were other good first-round choices. Bradley Beal was drafted third by the Washington Wizards.

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Today, Beal is the starting two-guard for the Wizards.

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Damian Lillard was drafted sixth by the Portland Trail Blazers.

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Today, Lillard is the Blazers’ All-Star guard and face of the franchise.

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Harrison Barnes was drafted seventh by the Warriors.

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Barnes is still the Warriors’ starting small forward.

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Other selections haven’t looked as good over time. Thomas Robinson was drafted fifth by the Sacramento Kings.

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Robinson has played on five teams in four seasons, most recently with the Brooklyn Nets.

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Kendall Marshall was drafted 13th by the Phoenix Suns.

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Marshall has played for four teams in four years. He appeared in 30 games for the Philadelphia 76ers this season.

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Royce White was drafted 16th by the Houston Rockets.

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White played just nine minutes in three career games, and is now out of the league.

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Fab Melo was drafted 22nd by the Boston Celtics.

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Melo played just six career games and is now out of the NBA.

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John Jenkins was taken 23rd by the Atlanta Hawks.

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Jenkins has played on three teams in four years, appearing in 22 games for the Suns this season.

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Arnett Moultrie was drafted 27th by the Miami Heat.

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Moultrie played two seasons with the 76ers and is now out of the NBA.

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Perry Jones III was drafted 28th by the Oklahoma City Thunder.

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Jones played three years with the Thunder, but did not play in the NBA in the 2015-16 season.

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Marquis Teague was drafted 29th by the Chicago Bulls.

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Teague played two seasons with two teams and is now out of the league.

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Jeff Taylor was drafted with the first pick in the second round — 31st overall — to the then Charlotte Bobcats.

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Taylor played three years in Charlotte, but was not in the NBA in 2015-16.

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Tomas Satoransky was drafted 32nd by the Wizards.

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Satoransky hasn’t played in the NBA since being drafted.

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Bernard James was drafted with the 33rd pick by the Cleveland Cavaliers.

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James played three seasons with the Dallas Mavericks and was not in the NBA in the 2015-16 season.

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Jae Crowder was drafted 34th by the Cavaliers.

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Crowder is now an integral starter for the Boston Celtics.

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Draymond Green was drafted 35th by the Warriors.

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Today, Green is one of the faces of the Warriors, a team that had the best regular-season record in NBA history.

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Now, see who was valued over Stephen Curry in 2009:

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